The next breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), set for July 10, will take you on a walking tour of the Lower Olentangy River in Columbus. You’ll learn about wildlife, forestry, invasive species, water quality and the benefits of lowhead dam removal. You’ll visit CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, check out invasive-species removal and elm research projects in Tuttle Park, learn about the 5th Avenue dam removal and river restoration process, and get a close-up look at a field collection of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Registration is open to both EPN members and the public. Find out more.
CFAES’s Mažeika Sullivan, director of the Shiermeier wetland park and one of the walk’s guides, talks about the facility in the video above.
“Simply moving across the slick, gloopy wetlands was difficult.”
So says an article about how Ohio Sea Grant- and CFAES-affiliated researchers are helping The Nature Conservancy to (1) improve water quality and (2) give homes to fish and wildlife by restoring a large marshland near Lake Erie. (Photo: iStock.)
Six senior students in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), and with further support from a Coca-Cola Sustainability Grant — are helping restore a wetland in Ohio State’s Carmack Woods. It’s another good read on our new CFAES Stories website.
You can help plant trees there on Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day. Find out more.
Props to the 60-plus volunteers who helped clean up the Olentangy River and CFAES’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park as a day of service on Earth Day, April 22. Read more and see photos on the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ website. The school manages the wetland. (Photo: Ris Twigg via SENR.)
“It’s in the woods, is surrounded by some impressive swamp white oaks and has a grove of buttonbush growing in it. It’s also a breeding site for several species of woodland amphibians, including spotted salamanders and chorus frogs.” If you’d like to (1) visit this place (the chorus frogs may be calling) and (2) have a place like it on your own land yourself, sign up by May 27. (Photo: Western chorus frog, USFWS Headquarters.)
You’re in luck — and being helpful — if your land has a wetland, says CFAES Wildlife Specialist Marne Titchenell. “Wetlands are rare habitats that many plants and animals depend on. Landowners who are willing to dedicate a portion of their land to a wetland are providing some much-needed homes for wildlife.” Learn more in a workshop she’s co-teaching June 3.
Feb. 2 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1971 Ramsar Convention for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The convention focused on the conservation, education and importance of wetlands throughout the world. Wetlands provide a host of ecosystem services, including habitat for plant and animal species, flood control during storm events, water-quality improvement, and a food source for a large portion of the world’s population. The Ramsar Convention continues to promote wetlands and their ecosystem services and to approve the designation of sites around the world that serve as wetlands of international importance.
In 2008, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) became the 25th wetland of international importance in the U.S. and the first in Ohio. This designation was in recognition of the combination of different wetland and riverine habitats at the ORWRP; outreach and education on the importance of wetlands in an urban community; and high-quality university teaching and research pertaining to wetland ecology and management. We continue to build on this legacy with our research, teaching and outreach related to aquatic and riparian ecosystems.
CFAES’s Bob Gates recently completed a summer faculty fellowship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Based in the agency’s East Lansing, Michigan, field office, he focused on wetland conservation during the program’s six weeks. An associate professor of wildlife ecology, he’s pictured, left, with Denny Albert of USFWS in a marsh on northern Lake Michigan. Read the story. (Photo: Greg Soulliere, USFWS.)
Students and professors in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources talk about wetlands, water quality and the school’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in a new YouTube video (3:23). Related post.